Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for March 03, 2007

If the level of  mercury in tuna is a problem then why are dentists using it in our teeth?

Expand canned tuna advisory, add labels: scientists
Last Updated: Friday, March 2, 2007 | 6:13 PM ET
CBC News

Health Canada’s new guidelines on eating canned albacore tuna may not go far enough, some scientists say.

Last week, the department issued the new consumption advice for women and children who eat the canned fish after a CBC investigation revealed mercury levels above the allowed limit in 13 per cent of 60 cans purchased in three Canadian cities.

Now, a Canadian woman has stepped forward saying she has suffered serious medical problems as a result of eating too much albacore tuna.

Maureen Hayes of Ottawa lost 60 pounds on a special diet that included eating up to four cans of albacore tuna a week for 10 years. About a year ago, she started having heart problems.

“I had heart palpitations,” Hayes said. “I had headaches every day, I had loss of memory, I was extremely fatigued, I had no energy, my skin was extremely dry and itchy, and then I started to develop allergies.”

It took one year, visits to several specialists and a magazine article about mercury before Hayes put the pieces together and had her blood tested. She discovered her blood had elevated levels of mercury.

Health Canada’s new guidelines on eating canned albacore tuna may not go far enough, some scientists say.

Last week, the department issued the new consumption advice for women and children who eat the canned fish after a CBC investigation revealed mercury levels above the allowed limit in 13 per cent of 60 cans purchased in three Canadian cities.

Troubling Tins

The new Health Canada guidelines say it is safe for pregnant women to consume nearly three cans of albacore tuna a week, slightly less than what Hayes was eating. In the U.S., the consumption guidelines range from one can a week to one can a month for pregnant women and children.

Hayes’ symptoms are consistent with long-term exposure to mercury, said Donna Mergler, a professor who specializes in mercury at the University of Quebec at Montreal.

Mergler was one of three experts CBC asked to review Hayes’ medical records. She said the federal government should extend its advisory to everyone, and put labels on cans of fish containing high levels of mercury.

“I don’t think the recommendations necessarily protect all the population, because as one can see, there are people that are particularly sensitive to it,” Mergler said.

Health Canada based its latest consumption advice for albacore tuna on a full scientific review of the latest data on toxic mercury levels in the fish, the department said in an e-mail to CBC.

Concerned E-mails

Hayes was one of about 70 people who e-mailed Dr. David Lean of the University of Ottawa, who supervised CBC’s tuna tests. The e-mail authors were worried they’d suffered mercury poisoning after eating too much canned tuna.

“I suggest they talk it over with their doctor,” Hayes said. “I don’t think the message is out there yet that this is a major environmental problem that really requires action at all levels.”

Under her doctor’s care, Hayes stopped eating canned tuna altogether. Eventually, the mercury levels in her blood dropped to normal and her symptoms have disappeared.

Since 2003, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Academy of Sciences have recommended keeping mercury levels in the blood to less than five micrograms per litre over the long term. When first tested, Hayes’ blood levels were 8.8 micrograms per litre.

Health Canada’s guideline for mercury in blood were based on the World Health Organization’s standard from 1972, which indicate increased risk at levels between 20 to 100 micrograms per litre.

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March 2, 2007 Posted by | Health | , | 1 Comment

Entry for October 22, 2006

PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY

Eating Tuna Safely

This table provides guidelines on how much canned tuna it is safe to eat, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. While mercury poses the most serious health threat to children and women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, others may also wish to use this list as a guide.

If you weigh: Don’t eat more than one can every:
White Albacore Chunk Light
20 lbs 10 weeks 3 weeks
30 lbs 6 weeks 2 weeks
40 lbs 5 weeks 11 days
50 lbs 4 weeks 9 days
60 lbs 3 weeks 7 days
70 lbs 3 weeks 6 days
80 lbs 2 weeks 6 days
90 lbs 2 weeks 5 days
100 lbs 2 weeks 5 days
110 lbs 12 days 4 days
120 lbs 11 days 4 days
130 lbs 10 days 4 days
140 lbs 10 days 3 days
150+ lbs 9 days 3 days
Source: Food and Drug Administration test results for mercury and fish, and the Environmental Protection Agency’s determination of safe levels of mercury.

October 22, 2006 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Entry for October 22, 2006

Since I started eating healthier I’ve been eating tuna at least once a week. I’ve always known that it’s one of the things that I eat that always makes me feel better but I’ve always had different reasons for thinking it had an effect on me.

First, I thought it was niacin. Secondly, I suspected magnesium and now, I discover that tuna is high in vitamin B6. So it was probably the comination of all three. We’ve all heard about the dangers of mercury in tuna so…Dr. Google?

Albacore:

According to FDA health standards, you can safely eat 5.7 ounces of Albacore tuna per week (assuming that every can of tuna has an average amount of mercury*). That’s almost a full can of tuna. Albacore tuna has three times as much mercury as light tuna.

Light Tuna:

According to FDA health standards, you can safely eat 16.6 ounces of Light tuna tuna per week (assuming that every can of tuna has an average amount of mercury*). That’s 2 and three quarters cans of tuna.

FDA scientists have established a daily limit for mercury and have tested hundreds of cans of tuna for the metal, but they have not told women of childbearing age how much tuna they can eat and not endanger their children.

FDA’s safe dose is measured in grams of mercury per kilogram of person per day. All we need is your weight and it is a simple math problem to determine how much tuna you can eat safely.

The calculations presented here assume that you eat no other seafood at all. The FDA recommends up to 12 ounces a week of a variety of fish. If you eat other seafood, the amount of tuna that you can eat safely will be less than calculated here.

*EWG recommends that women of childbearing age and children under 5 not eat albacore tuna at all, because a significant portion of albacore tuna has very high mercury levels. People eating this tuna will exceed safe exposure levels by a wide margin.

So is there anything I can do about the mercury?

Mineral Replacement

It is important to have a generally healthy mineral base. The body works better with toxic metals than no metals at all. Enzymes have certain binding sites that require a metal for them to perform their function as a catalyst. When you are deficient in magnesium, sodium, zinc and other minerals, the body does not let go of the toxic metals very easily.

Selenium and zinc are particularly important trace mineral in mercury detoxification and should be used for most people.

October 22, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for June 03, 2006

My second appointment of the day was a follow up with my naturopath. I take in my research since my last visit and I have with me my EMF meter and my Miswaak. She pulls my file from her briefcase and mentions how she talks about my file in her current course.

She pulls out an article for me called “Oral Mines Uncovered” written by a homeopathic dentist Dr. Gary Fortinsky. In the article, she points out that exposure to mercury fillings can effect the nervous system. Interesting stuff but I had mine removed about ten years ago. I had them removed when I came across an article in the paper about a women who had experienced a variety of health issues and how she discovered that it was linked to her mercury fillings.

I start by showing her the meter and ask her if I can measure her laptop. She agrees and as I move closer, it raises the needle to the danger range. I offer it to her and she measures the power outlet beside her desk. It measures a low reading and I tell her to measure the power adapter attached to the cable. She does and it give a high reading. She seems really interested and wants to know where I bought it.

She asks about the stomach acid test and I told her I didn’t burp at all when I did the first test, and I did it again a few days later after taking niacin and it returned to normal. She makes a notation in her file. I tell her about the success with niacin and the B complex vitamins. She points out the high aluminum reading for my hair analysis and says I should be adding zinc to my daily vitamins. I ask her about the niacin dosage and if I can increase it. She looks it up in her medical book and gives the okay to increase it to 300 mg.

I review my notes and mention how my plantar fasciitis improved within days of taking niacin. She seemed surprised by this and I continue. I mention my allergies and how I came across a study that showed the effects of microwaving plastic and a possible link to Allergic Rhinitis. She tells me how the plastic can cause a hormone imbalance so I ask her if I can be tested. She provides the form and it will cost $240.00. Expensive but I’m going to do it. It’s a simple saliva test that has to be done within the first hour of waking up. The test is for the four main male hormones: Estradiol, Testosterone, DHEA and Cortisol.

June 4, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for May 15, 2006

Four straight days now without using any inserts in my shoes and no pain. I’m convinced that the Niacin has increased my blood circulation to my feet. So out of curiosity, I ask Dr. Google and I come across this:

The term plantar fasciitis is derived from plantar which refers to the bottom of the foot and fascia which is a type of dense fibrous connective tissue. The “itis” is a suffix which means inflammation. Latest studies show that in many cases of plantar fasciitis there really is no inflamation, but rather an avascularity (loss of blood circulation).

The signs were there but no one but them all together. The internal vibration has gone for the most part. Sometimes I notice it and other times it’s very weak. I think I need more than 200 mg but I won’t increase it until I see the doctor on June 3rd.

Niacin should be started at low doses and increased slowly over several weeks. To avoid stomach upset, niacin should be taken with meals.

I’ve been eating six cans of tuna a week because of the natural niacin. As I’m reading the paper this morning I come across an article about the high levels of mercury in tuna . Oh great…

SAN FRANCISCO – A state judge ruled that California cannot require the nation’s three largest tuna companies to place mercury warning labels on their cans.

State Attorney General Bill Lockyer sued the tuna canners two years ago to enforce Proposition 65, a 1986 state law requiring consumer warnings about reproductive toxins such as mercury, which has been linked to developmental problems in children.

With some studies showing that tuna contains potentially unsafe levels of mercury, health advocates complain that tuna companies and government agencies haven’t done enough to warn consumers about the risks.

The judge also found that the mercury levels in the companies’ tuna were not high enough to require labels. In addition, he ruled that virtually all the mercury in canned tuna was naturally occurring, exempting them from the warning

“The decision, we believe, is wrong on the law, wrong on the science and bad for consumers,” Dresslar said. “When the consumers of California go into a grocery store, they have a right to be informed about the mercury that is present in canned tuna.”
said spokesman Tom Dresslar.

May 16, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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